One Spark creator's sign ignites controversy

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A One Spark creator's sign ignites some controversy and faced the threat of being removed all together.

The 9-foot window sign at the Wells Fargo building Downtown is part of the display for One Spark creator 'We Are Straight Allies.'

It's a campaign launched when the pro-LGBT organization was created eight months ago and features local families and public figures 'Coming Out as a Straight Ally,' but one day before the festival's Opening Ceremony, the group was told key tenants in the building were not happy with it.

"There was a downer yesterday, there was a time when my co-creator Laura and I, shed a few tears," said Chevara Orrin, Creator of We Are Straight Allies. "We thought we were going to have to move."

Orrin says they felt like the disapproval of their sign goes against the whole idea behind One Spark.

It's a festival where you can learn about living in a shipping container or how to use repurposed materials to make art, hang out in a tipi, but this sign advocating for human rights became the center of controversy.

"The challenges we faced yesterday and early this morning, not really knowing if we were going to be in this space really highlight the need for protections and a human rights ordinance here in Jacksonville," said Orrin.

Parkway Properties owns the building and says the issue stemmed from a rule not allowing any signage on the property's exterior glass. One Spark contacted the property and asked to allow the sign. The company is cooperating and says it was a misunderstanding.


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